Community Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – The annual Martin Luther King Jr. service and scholarship presentation will be held at East End Baptist Church, 1056 Portsmouth Blvd., Suffolk, on Monday January 20 beginning at 10:00 am. Please come and join the celebration with other churches in our community (and the rector has a speaking part).

Vestry Officers and Wardens – At the Vestry meeting on January 14, the Vestry affirmed Susan Kirkpatrick as Treasurer and George Mears as Register. The Vestry unanimously elected Jim Tankovich to continue to serve as Senior Warden and David Gardner to continue to serve as Junior Warden.
January 19, 2020, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing
Lessons for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

First Lesson:  Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-12
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Gospel:  John 1:29-42

Lay Participants for January 19, 2020 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  David & Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from January 12:
Vestry Care Circles – In the coming weeks, the Vestry will create care circles where each Vestry member will be afforded the responsibility to keep in touch with members of the Parish who may be absent from worship for a period of time. More details are forthcoming.

Altar flower Sign-up – There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for sponsoring flowers for the coming year. Please help beautify the altar during your choice of two-weeks this coming year. Please remember, flowers cost $100 for 2 weeks.

Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We are continuing our study of the Acts of the Apostles. Please contact the church office for a copy of the text.

Soles-for-Souls – There is a collection box to help this worthy cause in the parish hall. Consider giving gently used or new shoes for those in need. For more information see their website:

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 40:1-12 together.

Questions about Our Protestant Heritage – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Protestant heritage and faith as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
            Last week’s question and answer: Question: When did the Hutterites migrate to North America and where did they take root? Answer. The Hutterites migrated from southern Germany and Moravia to South Dakota, Manitoba, and Alberta in the 1870s.
            This week’s question: What are the modern communities associated with the Hutterites? Look for the answer next week.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – Tuesdays: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Jan. 20 – MLK Memorial Holiday and Worship; Jan. 22 – Endowment Committee meeting; Jan. 28 – Card Crafters.

Thought for the weekInvitation: A serious, adult sensibility can be stifling. As Savior, Jesus names us beloved children. A childlike freedom, perspective, and belonging furthers our salvation. In this new year, listen for God’s invitations to step out and risk, to look low, and to relax into love.

– Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                          * Boy Scouts meet
Mon. Jan. 20th         * Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – Office closed
                                    * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group Meeting –
                                    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
                                    * City-wide MLK Worship service – 10:00 am
Tue. Jan. 21st           * Bay View Exteriors trim work (tentative)
Wed. Jan. 22nd         * Bay View Exteriors trim work (tentative)
                                    * Endowment Committee Meeting – 10:00 am
Tue. Jan. 28th           * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat. Feb. 1st              * Consecration of the 11th Diocesan Bishop in Southern
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, Bette, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, Carolyn, and John.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Alan Vaughan, Sheldon & Elizabeth, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Don & Marcella
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Mary Odom.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The United Church of Bangladesh. The Most Rev. Samuel Sunil Mankhin – Moderator, Church of Bangladesh & Bishop of Kushtia.

Flower Dedication: The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of David James by Carroll & family.

Birthdays in January
Joshua 08                 Lynn 15
Anne 20                     Linda 21

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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